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Charleston, SC, USA
A colonial classic, Charleston might initially come off as a little ye olde. But if you look more closely, this 340-year-old harbor city actually lives in the present. Bars reinvent Southern spirits, boutiques showcase new spins on cotton, and the...
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2525 Allison Ln, Newberg, OR 97132, USA
With its indoor pool and lavish spa, the Allison Inn & Spa is the most comfortable place to recharge between Willamette Valley wine tastings. At the restaurant Jory (named for a local soil that’s ideal for growing pinot noir), chef...
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422 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen University (厦门大学), founded in 1921 by overseas Chinese benefactor Tan Kah Kee, is renowned throughout China as "the country's most beautiful university." Strolling through Xia Da's (as it's colloquially called) lush tree-lined avenues,...
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Gulangyu (鼓浪屿) is Xiamen's most popular tourist destination. Expect to spend the better part of a day exploring this island just off the coast of downtown Xiamen—along with throngs of Chinese tourists. But don't be put off—once you get away from...
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Hexiang W Rd, HeXiang XiShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
With its elegant dining room, high quality imported ingredients, and reasonable prices, recently-opened F Bistro is a welcome addition to Xiamen's culinary landscape. After honing their skills in the Shanghai restaurant scene, the France- and Hong...
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398 Xianyue Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Qba restaurant serves exotic Latin cuisine and showcases Cuban culture, with meals prepared in a social, open-grill kitchen. Dishes like their signature tapas are exotic and spicy—a treat in Xiamen. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a...
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Sha Po Wei, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen's local government is developing an old fishing port (pictured) to be a trendy art district. The city plans to keep the local history and culture, and is also building a replica of a merchant fishing ship used during ancient times. You can...
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19 Huyuan Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361003
Xiamen's balmy subtropical climate makes it the perfect city to host this treasure trove of botanical specimens from around China and the world, 6,500 in all. The Xiamen Botanical Gardens (园林植物园) cover five square kilometers on the verdant...
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422 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen University's three campuses, nestled between green hills and blue sea, are known as some of the most beautiful in China. Many of the University's structures were built in the 1930's and draw influences from Victoria-era and traditional...
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China, Fujian Sheng, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, 环岛干道辅路
Having only opened in 2011, Xiamen's Shinegood Museum (上古文化艺术馆) may be new, but its contents are anything but. This museum on the eastern end of Xiamen island brings together thousands of pieces once held by private collectors into China's largest...
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Long Tou Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Longtou is probably the most touristy of Xiamen's shopping streets, but that's unavoidable on Gulangyu Island. The reason to go here is for the atmosphere. Century-old mansions and car-free, cobblestone streets welcome window-shoppers. The...
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China, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, No 50、54, Huangyan Road, Gulangyu 邮政编码: 361002
You'll probably get hungry at some point during your day on Gulangyu. The island is not known for being budget-friendly, but it is known for its ambiance, so you might as well seek out the best. The Black Cat Dining Room (黑猫餐厅) is tucked away in...
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Zeng Cuo An Bei Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Not too long ago Zengcuoan Village (曾厝垵村) was just a quiet fishing village on the south side of Xiamen island. Then students and recent graduates from nearby Xiamen University started migrating there, opening up galleries, coffeeshops, and tattoo...
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Zhong Shan Lu, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Every Chinese city these days has a "historic pedestrian shopping street," and Zhongshan Road (中山路) is Xiamen's. In its favor, it collection of historic buildings from Xiamen's colonial period combining Western architectural styles with seaside...
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China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 定安路37-39号 邮政编码: 361001
Every city in China boasts a range of "local snacks," which are conveniently packaged in boxes for tourists to bring back home and distribute as gifts. Since Xiamen became the first mainland city to normalize trade relations with Taiwan, Xiamen's...
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China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 大学路 邮政编码: 361005
Huandao Road (环岛路), Xiamen Island's oceanfront ring road, is an important transportation thoroughfare and a popular destination in its own right. You can travel it by bus, taxi, or foot, but bicycles are the most popular choice with tourists....
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Xiamen University Baicheng, Siming, Xiamen, China, 361005
Xiamen University students enjoy something most university students don't: beach access! When widening Huandao road where it passed between the university and neighboring Baicheng Beach (白城沙滩), Xiamen's planners chose to route the road on a...
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427 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
Running for nearly five kilometers along an old right-of-way west of the railway station, the Railroad Culture Park is one of Xiamen's hidden secrets. This linear park is a fantastic example of urban planning and creative reuse, taking a remnant...
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54 Lujiang Rd, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Lujiang Residential District, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
An elegant restaurant on the seventh floor of the Lujiang Harborview Hotel (鹭江宾馆), Harborview Restaurant 's (观海餐厅) view of Gulangyu Island from the outdoor balcony is one of the best in Xiamen. The restaurant specializes in Guangdong-style dim sum...
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8 Jianye Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
The entire length of Yundang Street (篔筜路), along the northwestern shore of Yundang Lake, is known as Xiamen's "Coffee Street." There are about two dozen coffee bars along this stretch of road, more or less identical to each other in concept. That...
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China, Fujian Sheng, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, JiangTou JianCai ShiChang ShangQuan, 乌石浦二里153号 邮政编码: 361006
China's coast is dotted with cities specializing in the manufacture of one particular commodity—be it shoes, toys, or iPhones. Xiamen is known for something a little different—oil paintings. For decades, graduates of Xiamen's art schools have...
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8 Jianye Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
When you walk into Tutto Benne (多乐意大利餐厅) expect to be greeted with arias by its gregarious, opera-singing Minnesotan owner. A sculptor and artist by trade, he opened Tutto Benne mainly so he and his artist friends would have a place to hang out....
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China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, Donggang Rd, 2号-101 邮政编码: 361000
Xilinge (喜麟阁) is one of Xiamen locals' favorite restaurants. With dishes ranging from 40-120 RMB, it's a reasonably priced choice. The savings management makes from the simple decor it reinvests in the food. The style at Xilinge is "Sifang Cai,"...
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Haicang, Xiamen, China
For the travel-weary, a relaxing day at Riyuegu Hot Springs (日月谷温泉) is exactly what the doctor ordered. This exquisitely designed, family-friendly resort is a subtropical paradise. Kids will enjoy wandering the paths through the forest and...
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61 Hubin N Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Take a chance and stroll down one of Xiamen's many food markets. You'll have a chance to experience an authentic taste of Xiamen cuisine. Here are some famous Xiamen dishes, along with their Chinese names and pinyin. Enjoy! Xiamen Glass Noodles...
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China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 蜂巢山路3号 邮政编码: 361005
On the backside of Nanputo Temple lies University Street. It is packed with interesting little shops. The young people of Xiamen buy their clothes here, in shops that are sometimes so narrow that you have to turn sideways. There are also a few...
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Ju Kou Jie, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
In 1684, Jukou Street was the entrance to a military camp during the Qing Dynasty. It was here that merchants began to sell merchandise to soldiers, and hence became the first commercial street in Xiamen. Nowadays, this is where stylish girls do...
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Lunshan Rd, Tongan Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361100
Fantian (also known as Brahma) Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Fujian. Did you know that the oldest Buddhist shrine was recently discovered in Nepal, probably dating to 550 BCE? This temple is "only" 1,500 years old, but it's...